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Blended Learning: the future has arrived

The first time we talked about blended learning here, a couple years ago, the idea was new and unfamiliar.

Now, this method of learning has established itself as one of the most important education trends of the 21st century.

Blended Learning: the future has arrived

Blended Learning: online and classroom learning

Blended learning (also known as hybrid or mixed-mode courses) are classes where a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by web-based online learning.

According an article published by Exame magazine, since Distance Education came just over fifteen years in higher education, educators seek innovative learning models.

The goal is meet the needs of new generations of students for a more efficient, interesting and personalized education.

The great advantage is offer “the best of both worlds” – the benefits of online education combined with all the benefits of traditional classroom.

Expert who has helped in the dissemination of these practices, Michael Horn consider that the blended learning is the only way to promote the transformation of school systems.

“The hybrid school makes room for teamwork and critical thinking as never before,” he said.

He also points out that this approach provide the students both the knowledge and the opportunity to develop the skills they will need to be successful in life.

Online Courses and Blended Learning

Blended Learning is a solution that combines two educational possibilities and allows the teacher increase your results.

In we have courses in this format which has achieved great success.

We observe professionals that mix online with classroom modules, or create an online course as support material.

Both models are proven successful because combine the benefits of both modes of education:

  • Greater time flexibility;
  • Reduces the need for travel;
  • Reduces costs;
  • Promotes integration among participants;
  • It enables the development of collective dynamics;
  • Facilitates the evaluation of the students when it comes to relationship;
  • Better learning outcomes through the use of diversified means to obtaining information.

Teachers who want to begin exploring the potential of online education can choose as starting point a merged course using online lessons as reinforcement for the content taught in the classroom.

Blended Learning in Brazil

In Brazil, the hybrid teaching is widely used in higher education.

The Universidade Positivo (UP) launched in 2016, its first three graduate courses in hybrid mode: Physical Education (Degree), Education and Gastronomy (Technology).

“We need to meet the needs of society, the labor market and these students, who learn much differently than we learned a decade ago. Today, we have a group of university teachers who work with active methodologies and, increasingly, integrating the technology with the classroom. The goal of hybrid courses is to train professionals able to develop leadership skills, problem solving and technologically connected with a changing world, “says academic dean of the UP and director of the Brazilian Association of Distance Learning (Abed), Carlos Long.

According to Long, this can happen through a dynamic Virtual Learning Environment with e-book, games and video classes.

In terms of curriculum, hybrid courses have the same value as a campus undergraduate recognized by the Ministry of Education (MEC).

In addition, the fees are up to 30% lower and can reach people from other cities and contribute to reducing the number of 15 million adults between 25 and 30 years who do not have higher education in Brazil.

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